Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Will you clearly speak life into the dark confusion of this culture?
One in five pregnancies end in abortion (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Abortion brings pain and death. In this great nation, the darkness of abortion is widespread, adamantly defended, and even audaciously celebrated. Yet, many Christians are silent.
I partially empathize with this silence. As a father, it’s difficult to even know how to begin to explain this prevalence of abortion to my children. They are in awe and wonder when they encounter a mommy carrying a baby in her tummy. I remember when I first saw each of them on the ultrasound. “Fearfully and wonderfully made,” I said, as joy filled my heart (Psalm 139:14). What words do I use as I attempt to explain what happens to every 20 out of 100 young babies? I want to keep this reality from my children for as long as possible. Frankly, I want to turn away from the deathly pictures, gruesome procedures, and horrible facts of abortion. It’s painful to look. I also know that speaking for life with adults will likely be a costly conversation. (I’ve been warned that church attendance would decline if I as a pastor spoke on this subject!) Though silence might be tempting for a multitude of reasons, for the Christian it is not an option. As followers of Jesus we are called to expose the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) even when “turning on the light” reveals horrors that cause us to cringe and grieve and engages us in costly opposition. So as a Christian, I speak and I write. I encourage you to do the same.
Here’s a model of how you can do so:
First, start with the Bible. Share how God’s Word teaches us that every person is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). And for that reason alone, human life is precious. Every person, no matter his age or her race has inherent value and dignity. Every life is a precious gift – no one is a mistake, an accident, or a consequence. Because of this, life is to be nourished and protected.
Ask the simple question, “Why do we feed a baby?” The baby is provided for not because of anything she has done or will do but because she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God in His image! Any view of a person that lessons his or her value because of age, race, chromosome count, or accomplishments contradicts God’s Word.
Many will agree with this and yet will still support abortion or the “pro-choice” position. How can they? Point out to them that the only way they can do so is to view a baby in the womb as somehow not (or less than) human. They can only justify death by saying that the life taken by abortion was not really a person. Make it clear to those who say this that the Bible teaches that life begins at conception. One of many places that the Scripture teaches this truth is in Luke 1:44. There we read that John leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. (You could also look up Psalm 139:13-16, Job 10:8-12, or Jeremiah 1:5.)
As you share from God’s Word, use the recent scientific advances that continue to reinforce the biblical truth that life begins at conception. For instance, we now know that from conception on, a baby has its very own and unique DNA. We can also look at the breathtaking pictures of a child in the womb and see clearly how even at an early stage of development, the child is visibly a child! Hopefully, this should silence all abortion arguments. No one that you are talking to could justify killing a toddler because of the nature of his conception or his present ability. Although recognizing that there are development differences, an honest biblical and scientific viewpoint equates a baby in the womb with a person. Or as Dr. Seuss put it “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Share humbly and confidently that abortion is also a heart issue. God places special value upon those who cannot provide life-needed resources for themselves – the alien, the disabled, the widow, the orphan, the poor, the child. And God calls his people to care for the marginalized. The famous parable that Jesus told of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) emphasizes that we are to be like the Samaritan and “do likewise” by showing compassion to the one who needs help, even if it is a costly inconvenience for us. As you share, tell how this parable alone removes the option for you to be silent and by lack of action be “pro-choice.” Silence will lead to the death of those who cannot help themselves. The Christian must speak. Share with passion, that you cannot abdicate your responsibility to “do likewise.”
And then, Christian, speak the gospel. Tell how you have been saved from God’s wrath and hell by God’s grace through faith in Jesus. Explain how that now you, formerly a chief sinner with a deceitful heart, have experienced the compassionate love of Jesus in forgiving you of your guilt and shame. That wonderful, extravagant, saving love compels you to love others, even if it is costly to do so.
Christian, what’s it going to cost you to speak on this issue? Comfort. Popularity. Easy conversations. Time. Finances. A job. Facebook likes. Beloved of God, it cost Jesus his life to rescue you. Therefore, he’s worthy of the risk you take to bring light into darkness through your words and deeds.
Abortion is a horrific truth. Let us grieve that it exists and speak to change hearts and save lives.
May God give us all compassion and courage,